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Old 02-21-2019, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the info guys. I towed it home from the dealer with only a drop hitch and it seemed ok, but every time Iíd pass a semi i could feel the wind off it, but didnít notice any sway. I think Iíll go with an inexpensive weight distributing hitch. If I have trouble I guess Iíll just upgrade.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by kingpin75 View Post
I think Iíll go with an inexpensive weight distributing hitch. If I have trouble I guess Iíll just upgrade.
You probably won't know you don't have a good enough sway-control system until your trailer is upside down in the median or barrow ditch. Hopefully you'll be lucky enough that you don't have a head-on crash with oncoming traffic before your rig stops flipping.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:07 PM
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A properly set up inexpensive WDH with a properly adjusted friction sway control used on a truck that isn't overloaded and is driven with some respect will have no problems.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:31 AM
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A properly set up inexpensive WDH with a properly adjusted friction sway control used on a truck that isn't overloaded and is driven with some respect will have no problems.
Until you are towing on a crooked, hilly highway in a sudden shower on slick pavement, then notice a large animal in your lane right in front of you, and an 10-wheeler is speeding towards you in the other lane. So you swerve hard to the right to miss the animal, then back to the left to stay on the road, and that starts a severe sway of the trailer. Just as the 18-wheeler blasts by and sucks on your trailer that's already in the middle of a big sway. When that happens to you, you'll wish you had paid a bit more for your hitch to get better anti-sway capability.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:42 AM
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Until you are towing on a crooked, hilly highway in a sudden shower on slick pavement, then notice a large animal in your lane right in front of you, and an 10-wheeler is speeding towards you in the other lane. So you swerve hard to the right to miss the animal, then back to the left to stay on the road, and that starts a severe sway of the trailer. Just as the 18-wheeler blasts by and sucks on your trailer that's already in the middle of a big sway. When that happens to you, you'll wish you had paid a bit more for your hitch to get better anti-sway capability.
It's a 5000lb trailer not a 5th wheel. Chill.
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:51 PM
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People have successfully been using friction sway controls for at least 40 years. The first one I saw was in 1976 when we got a larger camper decided we might need it.
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post
It's a 5000lb trailer not a 5th wheel.
Right. We're discussing a travel trailer and weight-distributing/sway control hitch. You're the first one to mention a 5er. The rules are completely different for a 5er hitch. If properly installed with the center of the kingpin kingpin 4" in front of the center of the rear axle, sway is not a problem with a properly-loaded 5er.
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No way for me. That's a very inexpensive hitch.
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My hybrid runs about the same numbers. I've never been in a situation that I felt a WDH would make a difference.
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